Local Brewers Conspire On New Brew
PUBLISHED: 12:51 06 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:09 20 February 2013
Two local breweries, Wantsum and Ramsgate, have collaborated to create a beer especially for the sixth Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival to be held at Margate Winter Gardens on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23...
Two local breweries, Wantsum and Ramsgate, have collaborated to create a beer especially for the sixth Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival to be held at Margate Winter Gardens on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23. The beer, named Low & Behold, is just 2.8 per cent, a new low strength category that the Coalition government are encouraging with a reduced beer duty rate.
Both breweries, and members of the local Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) branch, have been working on the project for a number of weeks, conducting research and brewing test batches. The style finally selected has a traditional English bitter colour (reddish brown) with a lively, hoppy flavour.
Wantsum brewery boss James Sandy said: Most people appear to be sceptical that a beer of such low strength can be tasty, however, we believe it can and its our challenge to try to prove it.
Its all about getting the right ingredients and using techniques to increase the flavour he added.
Fellow conspirator Eddie Gadd, of the Ramsgate Brewery, said:
While any reduction in beer duty is welcomed, I remain convinced that the government has yet to get alcohol policy right."
Beer is a low strength drink to be enjoyed in the comfortable surroundings of a pub, but increasing the rate of duty on it by 34 per cent since 2008 has served only to push wine and spirit sales from the supermarkets."
Its about time the government used some joined-up thinking, reversed the current trends and improved the health of the nation as a result."
Its for that reason we settled on the name Low & Behold lower the beer tax and be holding it low!
As well as being available at the Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival, Low & Behold will be sold in pubs around East Kent from the first week in May.
The Ramsgate Brewery is run by Eddie & Lois Gadd
1 Hornet Close
Pysons Road Industrial Estate
Kent CT10 2YD
The Wantsum Brewery is run by James Sandy
Unit 22 Sparrow Way
Lakesview International Business Park
Canterbury CT3 4AL